Padres Down on the Farm: July 15 (Mears 2 homers for LE/Nola continues rehab with EP/Eguy Rosario homers)
The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 3-4 on Thursday evening, including two losses for Fort Wayne in a doubleheader.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 5-1 to Las Vegas) (25-34 on the season)
Austin Nola – (1-for-3) 1 R
Taylor Kohlwey – (2-for-4) 2B, RBI
Evan Miller – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Parker Markel – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
The El Paso Chihuahuas faced off against the Aviators on Thursday night in Las Vegas on a warm night, but didn’t bring the same heat to the ballpark. The bats were quiet for El Paso in Padres’ catcher Austin Nola’s first game behind the plate during his current MLB rehab assignment. The Chihuahuas’ single run was scored by Nola, who went 1-for-3 as he inches closer to re-joining the Padres.
Las Vegas showcased their power on Thursday night, hitting three home runs, including two by center fielder Cody Thomas.
El Paso starter Reiss Knehr made his Triple-A debut on Thursday night after making his MLB debut with the Padres on Friday, but did not fair well. Knehr lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up two runs and three walks, while only striking out one.
San Antonio Missions (Won 7-5 over Corpus Christi) (30-32 on the season)
Eguy Rosario – (2-for-3) 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 RBI
Jose Azocar – (3-f0r-5) RBI
Jack Suwinski – (1-for-1) 4 BB, RBI
Carlos Belen – 1 IP, W, 1 H
The San Antonio Missions won a hard-fought victory against Corpus Christi on Thursday night, giving them their 30th victory of the season. After falling down 1-0 early on, the Missions came back with three runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by a solo home run by San Antonio catcher Juan Fernandez, his fourth of the season. Corpus Christi answered in the bottom half of the inning with four runs of their own, taking a 5-3 lead heading into fifth inning.
Then, things turned drastically for the Missions, thanks to shortstop Eguy Roasrio. In the top of the eighth, Rosario hit a three-run home run to give San Antonio a 6-5 lead. The home run was Rosario’s eighth of the season, which he followed up with an RBI double in the ninth inning to give the Missions a 7-5 lead which they would would hold to the end. The win was a dramatic and exciting victory for San Antonio, their 30th of the season.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Game 1: Lost 5-0 F/7 to West Michigan) (28-34 on the season)
Chris Givin – (1-for-3) K
Justin Lopez – (1-for-3) 2 K
Kelvin Alarcon – (0-for-1) 2 BB
Mason Feole – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
The TinCaps scuffled in the first game of their doubleheader with the West Michigan Whitecaps, losing 5-0 in a seven inning affair. The TinCaps’ offense was completely shut down by Whitecaps’ starter Beau Brieske, managing only two hits and four total baserunners. The Whitecaps started early, scoring three runs in the first inning off of TinCaps’ starter Gabe Mosser, and would tack on two more throughout the game.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Game 2: Lost 4-0 F/7 to West Michigan) (28-35 on the season)
Edwuin Bencomo – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Wen-Hua Sung – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
In game two of the TinCaps’ double header with West Michigan, things did not go much better after a shut out loss in game one. The TinCaps’ were no-hit by four separate pitchers for the Whitecaps, managing only four walks. In the 14 innings played on Thursday between the two teams, the TinCaps only managed only two hits while scoring zero runs. They will look to bounce back on Friday against the same WhiteCap team that shut them down tonight.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 12-4 over Visalia) (29-34 on the season)
Robert Hassell III – (2-for-4) 2 2B, 2 R, BB
Euribiel Angeles – (2-for-4) 2B, 3B, 4 RBI
Joshua Mears – (3-for-5) 2 HR, 5 RBI, SB
Levi Thomas – 4.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Lake Elsinore poured on the offense in their 12-4 victory over Visalia on Thursday night, with some of their biggest names doing the heavy lifting. Joshua Mears led the way for the Storm, giving Lake Elsinore an early 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the third inning. Mears followed that up with home runs in the fifth and eighth innings, the latter being a two-run home run.
Robert Hassell III did his usual thing for the Storm, getting on base three times, including two doubles, and scoring two times. Shortstop Euribiel Angeles had himself a game as well, driving in three runs including on a double and a triple.
Levi Thomas came out of the bullpen after starter Ruben Galindo and his replacement Gabe Morales gave up a pair of runs each, going four plus innings without allowing a run. Thomas struck out seven in his 4.1 innings, giving up a single hit and only walking a pair.
Arizona Complex League Padres (Lost 6-5 to ACL Giants Black) (4-6 on the season)
Charlis Aquino – (2-for-3) 2 R, BB, K
Anthony Nunez – (1-for-3) 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
Pierce Jones – (2-for-4) 2 2B, RBI
Alan Mundo – 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, BB, 4 K
the ACL Padres fell behind early to the Giants, and could never recover. Anthony Nunez and Pierce Jones led the way for the Padres offensively, while Alan Mundo struck out four in his two scoreless innings out of the pen.
Dominican Summer League Padres (Won 5-1 over DSL Orioles) (2-1 on the season)
Jose Cordero – (2-for-5) 2 RBI, R, K
Victor Acosta – (2-for-5) 2B, RBI
Carlos Rodriguez – (1-for-2) 2B, 2 R, 2 BB
Elvis Saba – 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K
The Dominican Summer League Padres defeated the Orioles on Thursday night 5-1, with the pitching leading the way. Padres’ pitching struck out nine Orioles, including three each by starter Elvis Saba and reliever Luis Acosta.
Jose Cordero and Carlos Rodriguez led the way offensively for the Padres, who had a strong offensive output throughout the lineup.
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Friday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso– Caleb Boushley (2-2, 5.57 ERA)
San Antonio– Osvaldo Hernandez (2-5, 4.70 ERA)
Fort Wayne– TBD
Lake Elsinore– TBD
ACL Padres– TBD
DSL Padres – TBD
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates